5 Trending Themes
1. Jungle Explorer
Image Credit: Amanda Cotton
For the intrepid explorers amongst you, look no further than a jungle-themed nursery. The luscious green of overlapping ferns punctuated by accents of bright colours, finished of course with a cast of animals from around the jungle – feel free to express your artistic licence here and don’t let geographical accuracy constrain you!
Babyblooms Inspiration: Three Little Giraffes Soft Toy Set
2. Safari Adventurer
Image Credit: The Glam Pad
Although employing a similar cast of animal friends to the Jungle theme, a Safari theme embodies the warmer climates of the savannah. Beiges, creams, and ivories competing with gorgeous animal prints is the order of the day. The use of natural materials, from hessian to leather, works fabulously well with this theme.
Babyblooms Inspiration: Bashful Lion
3. Boho Chic
Image Credit: Nicole Maxam
For those with insatiable wanderlust and an ethereal free-spiritedness – Boho is the perfect theme for you. Dreamy pastels with profound hippie overtones are the essence of this theme. To achieve this look; think rattan furniture, pampas grass and translucent overlapping fabrics. The effect is a soothing, warm environment that your little one is sure to love.
Babyblooms Inspiration: Toddlekind Prettier Playmat
4. Retro Revival
Image Credit: Decoist
A fun and playful theme that looks back on the days of Walkman stereos, Polaroid cameras and Atari consoles with rose-tinted nostalgia. A fabulous way to inject some colour into your nursery - be bold with clashing oranges, yellows, creams, browns, greens, and blues. Second hand brown furniture is perfect for this theme, and a great way of keeping down costs whilst remaining uber stylish.
Babyblooms Inspiration: Wooden Stacking Ring Toy
5. Rustic Woodland
Image Credit: Project Nursery
Earthy tones are the essence of this theme and cultivate a warm, cosy surrounding for your little one. Natural materials, such as a treated wooden cot, really emphasise the woodland theme – particularly when paired with some gorgeous woodland-inspired wallpaper. Perfect for any outdoorsy families who love to spend the day exploring before returning to a calming retreat.
Babyblooms Inspiration: Woodland Friends Nesting Babies
For more baby nursery design inspiration – why not have a look at the Home & Nursery section on the Babyblooms website.
We take enormous pride in our gift wrapping at Babyblooms and receive wonderful feedback about the style and quality of our gift packaging. All of our baby gifts are beautifully wrapped and packaged to ensure the maximum possible joy and delight on their opening. Everything we deliver is completely ready to gift and is included free of charge, as standard. In terms of sustainability all of our keepsake packaging is often re-used to house items in the nursery or precious keepsakes.
Our bears, blankets, baby clothes bouquets and signature illustrated gift boxes can be found in the nurseries of royals, celebrities and homes throughout Britain. We supply and deliver gifts on behalf of London’s most prestigious private maternity hospitals and some of the world’s leading brands and companies.
Babyblooms is not just a one-stop-shop for Mother & Baby gifting, we are also known for our famous perfect personalisation across a variety of clothing, soft toys, books, toys and bone china gifts. Babyblooms also caters for all the important milestones in a baby’s life: 1st birthday gifts, Christening Gifts, 1st Christmas gifts and we have recently launched a Baby & Toddler department which includes our baby essentials, blankets, bathrobes & towels, soft toys, toys and books, skincare, Little Love and Home & Nursery collections.
Check out some highlights from the Baby & Toddler collections below.
Personalised Baby Boy Hooded Towel
(also available in pink and grey embroidery) £25
Berkeley’s Little Love Bath & Bedtime Hamper, Neutral
(also available in pink and blue) £90
We are all looking for that special and thoughtful gift when a new born enters the world.
Do we go for something practical that we know will be well used or do we go for something stylish that gives the ‘wow’ factor?
Babyblooms has the perfect solution. Our baby clothes bouquets are both beautiful and practical (and won’t end up feeding the compost heap)!
100% cotton baby clothes are cleverly rolled into cute little roses and beautifully presented as a gorgeous bouquet. We have been delighting new mums with these bouquets since 2005. Silk flowers and velvet leaves are added to the bouquet to provide a lasting keepsake for the new parents.
Whether you are looking for a little something for a friend, or a maternity gift from your office team, we have a selection to suit every budget. All of our products come perfectly packaged and ready to gift, with a gift card bearing your message.
So if you are looking for something a bit different to celebrate the birth of a new born or twins/triplets, take a look at our beautiful baby clothes bouquets – guaranteed to make a new mum feel special.
Welcome Baby Clothes Posy, Blue – £35 - also available in pink and neutral
Hand Tied Bouquet, White - £55 – also available in blue and pink
Bertie Bear Welcome Baby Hamper, Pink £70 – also available in blue and white
Recently featured in “Best gifts for newborns and babies 2022” in The Evening Standard
Recently featured in “Gifts for all of the family” in Elle magazine
With remote working becoming commonplace in the COVID-19 era, it is more important than ever to focus on the wellbeing of employees and colleagues alike. Milestones in life, such as welcoming a new baby into the world, are the perfect moments to remind someone how valued they are.
What is the perfect gift for a new baby? The options are endless – from flowers for mum to new baby essentials like blankets, clothes or toys. Here are the 5 best gifts to get an employee or colleague that’s just had a baby:
Babyblooms has got Christmas all wrapped up for you.
To suit budgets from £10 to £125, here are the top 2021 gifts for baby’s first Christmas.
Perfect as a new-born baby’s first Christmas gift, this little super soft white bib comes wrapped in a cute Christmas cracker.
The 100% cotton baby bib is decorated with a delightful Christmas teddy bear motif making a fun gift for baby. Gift wrapped in a cute, ribbon-tied Christmas cracker this makes a perfect decoration for your Christmas dinner table.
The exquisite fine bone china bauble is beautifully illustrated by our own Babyblooms artist, Amanda Bradley.
These soft, snuggly pyjamas are the perfect outfit for a little one's first ever Christmas Eve.
The pyjamas are sized 6-12 months and made of 100% cotton.
A cute cuddly companion to celebrate baby’s first year.
Our favourite Bertie Bear wearing a cuddly jumper that celebrates the special year in which baby was born. He makes a perfect cuddly friend for bear hunts, picnics and adventures!
After all, who else can be cuddlier than the baby’s first Christmas teddy!
This festive Christmas Stocking is made from a luxurious velvet fabric and the outstanding quality will be enjoyed year after year. The beautiful embroidery of a name of your choice (up to ten letters) makes this a truly special gift.
The stocking measures 35 cm (from top to heel) with a width of 18cm, and certainly is an adorable keep-warm gift as a baby’s first Christmas stocking.
The exclusive and wonderfully illustrated Christmas Keepsake Journal is a lovely way to record all those fun festive memories. This beautiful book comes with our snuggly Berkeley Bear proudly wearing a jumper displaying little one’s name together with a super soft personalised bathrobe, just perfect on cold winter evenings or to keep a little one cosy after bath time. This is the perfect first Christmas gift set.
A gorgeous way to send your congratulations to a new mum and baby at Christmas time, Christmas Berkeley Bear’s New Baby Gift Basket is packed full of essential new baby goodies and a delicious selection of handmade Belgian chocolates. A thoughtful and practical gift for a new mum.
Maybe you just found out your partner’s pregnant – what do you buy her?
Don’t worry! Let us help with this quick guide to the 5 best gift ideas for a mum-to-be, to suit budgets from £10 to £150.
Let's hear it for the dads, the daddys, the papas, the dadas, the abbus and the step dads. Sometimes grumpy, often busy, but always ready for a cuddle. All dads are softies at heart and deserve to be spoilt on Father's Day. If you have little ones at home and you are looking for ways to keep them busy (particularly hard at the moment) then we have included some ideas below for easy to make, homemade Father's Day cards. Using baby's hand prints or footprints you can make a really cute keepsake Father's Day card that dad will treasure forever.
And if you are looking for something to make Father's Day really special then take a look at our luxury food hampers. Packed full of a range of goodies including tea, coffee, chocolates and biscuits, these hampers are guaranteed to make dads day. Beautifully packaged with a gift card bearing your message our hampers are available for next day delivery.
Here if you need us.
These are strange and difficult times for lots of people. We know that many of you are missing out on some very special family occasions and we are seeing first hand how hard self isolation is for lots of you. Because each one of our gifts can be sent with your own, personal gift message we have a unique window into your life and we feel truly privileged to play a part in helping you to send a gift to your loved ones. We know that Grandma can’t be there to cuddle her new granddaughter, or that Grandad is missing out on that first birthday party. We understand that your pregnant friend is having a tough time on her own, or that you just want to send a bear hug to somebody special. We promise that we will send your chosen gift, beautifully packaged, straight to their door. We know it’s not as good as hugging them in person, but hopefully it’s the next best thing.
Sending thanks to all the amazing key workers.
As a small, family run business we are lucky because our founder and CEO, Lisa and her family live next to Babyblooms HQ. The whole Babyblooms team have been working their socks off to make sure that we can carry on sending out gifts for as long as possible. Of course, our service would not be possible without all the key workers keeping the country going, we think they are all amazing.
So, Babyblooms is here if you need us – ready to send your love, perfectly packaged, when you can’t be there in person.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your story.
The Babyblooms team
The birth of a newborn baby is a very special occasion and we know that you want to send your love as quickly as possible. Here at Babyblooms we have lots of newborn baby gift ideas and we can help you send your love by next day delivery!
If you are not able to deliver your new baby gift in person then we have the next best thing. We have a gorgeous range of newborn baby gifts, all carefully chosen to be both beautiful and practical for a new mum and baby. If you are looking for a little something for baby or a luxury hamper to really impress, we have a gift solution for every budget.
So, when you have chosen your gift we will add some magic for you. As you can't be there to hand the gift over yourself we will make sure your gift looks absolutely gorgeous. Our exclusive, illustrated gift boxes really do have a wow factor and are guaranteed to make a new mum feel really special. You can send a personal message with our illustrated gift card and we can even personalise your gift if you know the little ones name.
So, if you are excited about the birth of a baby but cannot take a gift in person we can offer the next best thing. Send a Babyblooms gift next day delivery and be the first to send your love to a new mum and baby.
Are you expecting a baby in 2020? We look at the top predicted baby names for the new decade.
It is commonly believed that baby names come back into fashion every 100 years, so what does this mean for new baby names in a new decade? Could we see the most popular baby names in 2020 taking inspiration from the 1920s?
According to the Office of National Statistics, these were the most popular baby names in the 1920s:
So will we see lots of little Johns and Margarets in the playground in the next few years? Maybe. But looking at the general trends, boys names seem to be less led by fashion. Five of the top ten boys names from the 1920s can be found in the top 25 of popular names from 2019, George, Arthur, James, William and Freddie have remained popular in the last 100 years whereas only Elizabeth can be found in the top 100 of popular girls names from 2019.
So what else might influence new baby names in 2020? It seems certain that William and Kate's third child will have some influence, with Louis and Louie rising up the list, with Archie sure to follow. Celebrity names will always affect the list with Ezra, Roman and Idris gaining popularity. According to the Bounty website, there is also a new trend for surnames used as first names, with Grayson and Oakley moving up the charts.
Interestingly Bounty also predict that Dorothy may become more popular, moving up 40 places, but still not making it into the top 200 names. Softer sounding names have become more popular, such as Rosie or Willow, as well as names representing softer colours, such as Lavender, Ivory and Sage. Finally, celebrities and others hitting the media spotlight will always influence new baby girl names, such as Greta (after Greta Thunberg) and Penelope (Khourtney Kardashian's daughter).
Here at Babyblooms HQ we love to see all the different new baby names that our customers ask to be added to their personalised new baby gift. Whether it's a blanket, teddy bear, bathrobe or towel, we help you to create a thoughtful and unique new baby gift.
Christmas with a new baby is such a magical time. Creating new family traditions really brings the season to life and gives it new meaning. So, what are our top tips for creating a magical first Christmas with a new baby?
Top tips to create a magical first Christmas with a new baby:
Firstly, don’t expect too much from baby! If they are tiny, they will (hopefully) sleep through some of the day to give you some well-earned rest. They will probably enjoy looking at the Christmas tree lights and maybe playing with wrapping paper but they won’t get all that excited about the idea of Christmas just yet. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have lots of fun planning some new family traditions 😊
First stop is a Christmas stocking. Nothing is more exciting than hanging a stocking on Christmas Eve ready for Santa’s visit and at Babyblooms we have some personalised luxury velvet stockings that will look fabulous year after year. Of course, Santa works hard delivering gifts to all the children of the world and he deserves a little treat when he visits your house. Our personalised Christmas Eve plate even has space for a carrot for the reindeer and is sure to become a special part of Christmas Eve night. A personalised Christmas Eve box is a lovely way to start the magic of Christmas Eve and a personalised Christmas Eve story is a lovely way to wind down on Christmas Eve night.
So, once you have got Christmas Eve sorted you can think about the tree. It is such a lovely idea to put a keepsake “Baby’s First Christmas” bauble on the tree and Babyblooms have some beautifully illustrated, personalised baubles that will become a treasured keepsake for years to come. Baby will also need an outfit for Christmas Day and we have some cute Christmas bib and t-shirt combos that can also be personalised.
Finally, Christmas can be a good time to stock up on some essentials. A new baby isn’t going to mind what you buy them so why not take the opportunity to stock up on some essentials? A super soft blanket or cosy bathrobe and hooded towel will be used all year round and makes a practical and thoughtful gift for baby’s first Christmas.
When it comes to bathing your baby, it can be a nerve-wracking experience for new parents during the first few weeks or even months, but in time, it’s sure to become an integral part of your child’s bedtime routine - and hopefully a pleasure rather than a chore.
However, if you are filled with fear at the mere thought of baby bathtime, don’t fret. In today’s post, the bathroom specialists from Jaquar will be sharing some helpful hints on how to prepare your bathroom for a safe and fun bathtime experience with little ones - leaving you with peace of mind when the time comes.
Clear the decks
One of the best ways to prep your bathroom ahead of your new arrival is to ensure it’s as clutter free as possible. Take the time to clear out anything in your bathroom that you don’t use or bulky non-essential items that are taking up vital floor or wall space.
This should clear the decks for any additional space needed to accommodate the reams of baby paraphernalia that inevitably come with a newborn baby - ensuring every nappy, cream and whatever else has a rightful home that’s close to hand.
From a safety perspective, decluttering your bathroom is an important step to take to ensure there’s a clear and unobstructed walkway through the room. The last thing any new parent wants is to trip while carrying such precious cargo.
Get savvy with storage
With this in mind, let’s talk about storage. To maintain a clutter-free bathroom, where possible make use of wall space - favouring mounted cupboards and shelves if you need extra surfaces for storing things.
Another handy addition to baby-friendly bathrooms would be to opt for multifunctional storage like an ottoman positioned next to the bath - it offers a perfect place to neatly stow away bath linen and a seat during bathtime.
Ample bathroom storage also helps you stay organised, so when it comes to bathing your baby you don’t have to spend valuable time searching for specific items - a lifesaver for new parents who will most likely be sleep deprived. We’d recommend taking this one step further, having a dedicated baby bathtime storage spot close to the bath where you can store soft bath towels, flannels, shampoos, toys and any other essentials within reaching distance.
Baby-proof the room
Naturally, your newborn isn’t going to be crawling or walking around the bathroom for some time, but even so, it’s a good idea to start as you mean to go on by baby-proofing the room as much as possible in advance.
Start by keeping cleaning products and toiletries locked away or certainly out of reach from curious little hands and also consider child-proofing your taps and toilet (yes, this pool of water can be an alluring wonder for tiny toddlers) by installing suitable tap straps or locks to stop tiny tots from tampering with them.
With hot bath water burns accounting for the highest number of fatal and severe burn incidents in the UK, it’s essential to always test the water temperature before placing your baby in the bath. However, a further safety measure is to lower the temperature on your water heating system to below 50°C to prevent scalding if they do manage to turn on the hot tap while your back is turned.
Prepare your tub
Babies can be wriggly little things at the best of times, but even more so when wet. This is especially true during their first few baths, where being in the water is a new concept and could be an alarming experience rather than a relaxing one.
To help keep babies safe during bathing, many parents opt to use a smaller baby bath within their existing tub for ease or invest in baby bath seats which will help to keep them secure and upright in the water. If you prefer to go with the big tub, installing anti-slip stickers or matts to the base of the bath will help to provide more grip when they’re in the bath.
Prime your space for pampering
Bathtime often forms the basis of a regular routine for babies and toddlers, so it’s important to make it feel like a special part of the day when you and your baby can spend some quality time together.
With this in mind, treat your little one to some luxurious bathtime essentials for them to enjoy. A soft personalised baby towel and robe could be the perfect way to end a fun bathtime and ensure they’re well wrapped up and snug before putting on their nightwear. You can also lather their delicate skin with our moisture-rich baby skincare products to keep their skin soft and well-nourished.
But, don’t forget yourself in this pampering equation either, as it’s just as important for parents to relax and replenish too, so ensure your bathroom essentials also include some indulgent bathing products for yourself.
Bathing your baby can form a special bond between the two of you and we hope this post will provide you with plenty of helpful hints on how to get your bathroom fully prepared for all the fun-filled and happy baby bathtimes to come.
We know that you want to send a beautiful new baby gift, but it can be tricky to know what to get. Do you go for something practical that you know they will use, but that might not have that “wow” factor or do you go for something attractive that may not be useful?
This is often an issue when sending fresh flowers to celebrate the birth of a baby, they look and smell lovely for a couple of days, but then end up on the compost heap.
Here at Babyblooms we have the perfect solution. Our baby clothes bouquets are both beautiful and practical. 100% cotton baby clothes are cleverly rolled into cute little roses and beautifully presented as a gorgeous bouquet. Silk flowers and velvet leaves are added to the bouquet to provide a lasting keepsake for the new parents. Our baby clothes bouquets come perfectly packaged in a beautiful gift box with a gift card bearing your message and are available for next day delivery.
We also know that budgets for baby gifts can vary, whether you are looking for a little something for a friend or a maternity gift from the whole office. Our cute little Baby Bud Posy comes in at £25 or if you have a little bit more cash to splash our popular Hand-Tied Bouquet is £50. For something even more special our Luxury Rose Bouquet is £75. A wide selection of our award-winning baby hampers contain our baby clothes bouquets and we also combine our bouquets with our super soft blankets or our cute and cuddly soft toys to give you an option to personalise your gift.
So, if you are looking for something that little bit different to celebrate the birth of a new baby girl or boy, take a look at our beautiful baby clothes bouquets - guaranteed to make a new mum feel special!
The most popular baby names for 2018 - revealed!
The most popular baby names from 2018 have finally been officially revealed by the Office of National Statistics. Olivia and Oliver are up there again in the number one spot for both boys and girls. See the top five names for boys and girls below:
Take a look at the Office of National Statistics website to see how popular your favourite baby names are.
How have the top baby names changed over the years?
Oliver has been the most popular name for six years now and Olivia has had the top slot for three. The top ten for both boys and girls remained fairly stable over the last few years. There was only one change this year for the boys with Arthur replacing Jacob and two changes for the girls, with Sophia and Grace replacing Poppy and Lily.
We seem to be getting more adventurous in our choice of names for new babies.
Less than half (45%) of babies born in the UK in 2018 were given names from the list of the top 100 most popular baby names, whereas in 1996 two thirds (67%) were given names within the top 100. This means we are becoming more diverse in our choice of names, moving from the traditional to a more individual choice. Younger mums were even more likely to chose less traditional names for their new babies, with mums under the age of 25 being more likely to pick names such as Hunter, Logan and Harper. These younger mums are also more likely to pick abbreviated versions of names and names that include a hyphen. Mums over the age of 35 are more likely to pick the full version of more traditional names such as Alexander and William and no hyphenated names appeared in the top 200 for this older group of mums.
What influences our choice of names for new babies?
There are many factors that can influence our choice of names. Often we will name our babies after a family member but we can also be influenced by fashion and celebrity culture. Names that were popular mid century such as Keith, Roger and Barry or Jean, Susan and Janet have fallen out of favour today and we seem to prefer turn of the century names such as Oliver, Jack, Ivy and Florence. Celebrities can also have an impact on the popularity of a name, David and Victoria Beckham's little girl Harper has inspired lots of other little Harpers and the name has risen 831 places to reach 27th place in 2018. The name Alexa has become significantly less popular, halving in popularity from 2017 - 2018. It's a tricky name to use now that calling for your child will activate your Amazon device!